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Poll: People in South, Midwest More Likely to be Depressed, Obese

A new poll from Gallup shows that people who live in West Virginia are the saddest folks in America.

Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee scored almost as low as West Virginia in the poll, which measured self-life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health and healthy behaviors, reports the Daily Mail.

This map (pictured right) illustrates the saddest states in red.

The "well-being" poll says that there is a "sadness belt" in the South and Midwest where many residents are depressed, obese and disgruntled at work.

Ironically, these states usually vote for Republicans, who oppose health care and workers' rights.

Ohio and Indiana also performed poorly in 2012's list. Both states have high numbers of uninsured residents, but consistently vote for conservatives who oppose Obamacare.

Americans living in Hawaii, Colorado and Minnesota rate themselves as being the most healthy and happy with their lives.

"Residents of these states rate their lives much better, today and in the future and have better emotional health, including much lower clinically diagnosed depression and daily sadness,'" Gallup states.

More "happy states" include: Utah, Vermont, Montana and Nebraska, which also have lower rates of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart attacks and chronic physical pain.

Source: Daily Mail


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